Photos by James D. Cimburek
Vermillion's varsity 15-16 Teeners won once in the consolation round but lost in the quarterfinals and in the fifth-place game at their state tournament in Tabor last weekend.
Coach T.J. Beacom's squad, with Scott Munger and Steve Miller as assistant coaches, finished their season with a 29-15 record.
In Friday's tournament opener, Vermillion took an early 2-0 lead over Madison but didn't score again. Meanwhile, Madison caught up with a two-run third that featured a two-run home run by Taylor Anderson.
Madison, which by the end of the weekend would go on to win the state title over Tyndall, got the go-ahead run in the fifth, then put the game out of reach with a seven-run sixth inning and won by a 10-2 count.
Colin Olson absorbed the pitching loss though he kept Vermillion in the game by holding Madison close through five innings. Ethan James had two hits, and Jack Brown doubled for Vermillion. Madison, besides socking seven extra-base hits among its 10 safeties, had the extra benefit of five Vermillion errors, most of them complicating things in the seven-run sixth.
On Saturday in the consolation semifinal round, a two-run second inning was all Vermillion was need as Jacob Odens pitched a complete game, allowing Big Stone City only three hits in a 2-0 win.
Peter Haught and Odens each had two hits for Vermillion.
Thus earning the right to play one more time, the Teeners faced Groton in the fifth-place game Sunday morning. Just as in the Madison game, one huge inning for the opponents was costly. Groton scored 10 times in the bottom of the fourth on the way to an 11-1 win.
Even had Groton not come up big in that one frame, Vermillion would have had a difficult time overcoming even a small lead because Groton hurler Mason Madsen pitched a no-hitter while striking out three. Vermillion's lone run was scored by Justin Bendesky.
Ethan James was on the mound for the first four innings until Groton's eruption. Haught pitched one inning as a reliever.